Hazards Planning Center

Planning Information Exchange

With a new award agreement granted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the successful Planning Information Exchange (PIE) webinar series has been extended for two additional years, starting October 1, 2018. APA will continue to act as the lead in an agreement with FEMA, with the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) as a partner. The quarterly webinars will continue to revolve around four central themes:

  • The information exchange focuses on all hazards.
  • The information exchange focuses primarily on mitigation planning but also its connections with recovery planning and preparedness.
  • APA and ASFPM act as co-conveners of all planning exchange webinars. This means that both organizations will use their respective web-based meeting platforms to set up, register, drive, facilitate, record, and provide technical support for all webinar meetings.
  • Planning exchange hosts select topics and commit to moderate, present, and lead the planning exchange webinars.

Visualizations and Datasets for Flood Loss Reduction

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

1:00–2:30 p.m. CT
(2 p.m. ET, 12 noon MT, 11 a.m. PT)

CM | 1.5


In the 20 years since the passage of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, the availability and visualization of datasets has evolved significantly. Whether looking at historical data or looking towards the future, datasets and visualizations can not only help inform practitioners plans, programs, and policies, but they can also be helpful in convincing elected officials and citizens to take action. This PIE webinar will focus on the Union of Concerned Scientists Underwater report and mapping tool, and NRDC's Losing Ground flood visualization tool, and their applicability to community and hazard mitigation planning and floodplain management.

The Underwater report and mapping tool developed by the Union of Concerned Scientists focuses on U.S. coastal properties at risk from rising seas over the coming decades under multiple sea level rise scenarios, and features data and visualizations at the state, community, and zip code level.

The Losing Ground flood visualization tool developed by the National Resources Defense Council allows users to explore the NFIP's severe repetitive loss dataset. This tool looks at past flood losses from the 1970s through 2018 and aggregates data at the state and county level.

ASFPM Executive Director Chad Berginnis will moderate this webinar. Shana Udvardy, climate resilience analyst with the Climate & Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, and Anna Weber, researcher with Natural Resources Defense Council's Water & Climate Team, will show how to navigate these tools, describe methodologies, and describe potential use cases, including use in hazard mitigation plans, at the state and local level.

Meet the Presenters

  • Headshot of Shana Udvardy

    Shana Udvardy, CFM

    Shana Udvardy is the climate resilience analyst with the Climate & Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Previously, she provided consulting services on climate adaptation and flood risk management policy. She was also the climate adaptation policy analyst at the Center for Clean Air Policy, director of flood management policy for American Rivers, and water program manager at the Georgia Conservancy. Udvardy also worked at the Smithsonian Institution's Monitoring and Assessment of Biodiversity Program and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua. Udvardy is a Certified Floodplain Manager and holds an M.S. in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development from the University of Georgia's Odum School of Ecology and a B.A. from Syracuse University's Maxwell School.

  • Headshot of Anna Weber

    Anna Weber

    Anna Weber researches and advocates for policies that advance equitable adaptation to climate change as a member of the Natural Resources Defense Council's Water & Climate Team. The team works to incorporate the current and future effects of flooding, sea level rise, and other climate-driven hazards into local, state, and national decision making and to ensure that adaptation policies benefit those on the front lines of climate change. Prior to joining NRDC, Anna spent 10 years at The Cadmus Group, where she supported U.S. Environmental Protection Agency contracts related to water quality, infrastructure, and resilience. She holds a bachelor's degree in geology and a master's of public health in environmental health science and policy.
  • Chad Berginnis

    Chad Berginnis, CFM

    Chad Berginnis is the executive director for ASFPM. With more than 20 years of experience, he is a recognized national expert in floodplain management and hazard mitigation, having participated on national research/focus groups, providing agency (FEMA, USACE, OMB, CRS, IG, CBO, and others) and congressional testimony. He was selected to participate on an advisory panel to the Chinese government on the development of a national floodplain management strategy. Berginnis previously served as an appointed planning commissioner for Licking County, Ohio.

View Past Webinars

View Presentations from Past Webinars

Previous webinars are available to be viewed anytime and anyplace shortly after their debut.

  • Increasing Our Resiliency to Urban Flooding (November 21, 2019) CM | 1.5
  • Planning for Drought and Cascading Hazards (August 15, 2019) CM | 1.5
  • Go Green with GASB62! (April 25, 2019) CM | 1.5
  • Flood Economics (February 13, 2019) CM | 1.5
  • Current Research Topics in Disasters, Hazard Mitigation, and Resilience (October 9, 2018)
  • Flood Risk Reduction: Putting Planning Into Practice (July 18, 2018)
  • The Fire/Flood Dynamic: Linkages, Tools, and Actions (May 15, 2018)
  • Flood Hazard Mitigation in Historic Districts (January 31, 2018)
  • Planning Integration for Resilience Scorecard (October 4, 2017)
  • Naturally Resilient Communities (May 30, 2017)
  • Post-Disaster Temporary Housing: Urban Planning Considerations (March 23, 2017)
  • Subdivision Design and Flood Hazard Areas (December 2, 2016)
  • State Resiliency Initiatives: From Issue to Action! (September 22, 2016) CM | 1.0
  • Combining Climate Adaptation and Hazard Mitigation Plans (July 7, 2016)
  • Know Your Dam Risk! (May 6, 2016)
  • Adapting Urban Vacant Land to Mitigate Hazards (February 26, 2016)
  • Hazard Mitigation Implementation (December 10, 2015)
  • Hazards Planning and Resilience: The Elected Official's Perspective (October 19, 2015)
  • Climate Change Adaptation & Resilience (June 30, 2015)
  • The Role of Hazard Mitigation in Post-Disaster Recovery (May 6, 2015)